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The right bike for the job

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Almost anything can be done by bike – if you have the right bike. Simon Vincett meets three biking enthusiasts who have looked beyond conventional offerings to machines that met their needs. Folder for travelling Tina McCarthy is founder of Wheel Women Cycling, ambassadors to Bicycle Network’s The Ascent ride for women. She has a
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Birdy 2016

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Now with disc brakes across four configurations, and other key refinements, the Birdy range has a new lease of life. Simon Vincett test rode and reviews. Since it was launched in 1995, the Birdy by Riese & Muller was immediately recognised as a significant alternative in the category of folding bikes. If the Brompton is
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Ebikes 2017

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A few shops around Australia claim to offer the biggest range of electric bikes, but there’s now much more of a range than any one shop can offer. Simon Vincett surveys the current market.   Though road cycling is the Formula One of the cycling world with its glamorous image, the fastest growing sector of
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Ritchey Road Logic

Ritchey Road Logic frameset review

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Iain Treloar reports on a modern classic.  There are few bike manufacturers with the heritage or cred of Ritchey, a brand whose products are still developed and tested by one of the inventors of mountain biking – and a tech legend of the industry – Tom Ritchey. There’s a decent diversity to what Ritchey create,
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Review: Reid Vantage Comp Carbon Race 1.0

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Stu Moysey tries this carbon racer targeted at the budget savvy roadie who doesn’t want to compromise on performance.  Reid Cycles have undergone something of a renaissance over the past year, slowly shedding their perception as a budget brand with the release of well-received mountain- and road-bikes. Their road bikes have always been sharply priced, to
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Penny Farthing Dan

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Euan Pennington explains how to buy a modern vintage bike. Melbourne is a cycling city; there’s a vibrant MTB culture, roadies cruise the hinterland willy-nilly, and the urban centre plays host to town bikes, cargo bikes and hipsters on fixies. Less well known is the fact that just north of the city is a builder
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Review: J.Guillem Orient

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Iain Treloar finds perfection in the imperfection of this titanium road bike. Some bikes are coldly logical perfection, a flawless frame married to a faultless spec. On these bikes, you don’t have to work to appreciate them – they lay their cards on the table and communicate their intentions clearly, leaving you in no doubt
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Review: Reid Vice 3.0

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Euan Pennington puts a budget-friendly fun machine to the test. Plus bikes are the latest in off-road cycling developments, offering wider rims and bigger tyres than a standard mountain bike. Simplistically, they aim for the grip and capability of a fatbike (minus some of its handling quirks), coupled with the handling and agility of a
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Riese & Müller Load review

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More than a century after the box bike was first conceived, what improvements can still be made? Riese & Müller find innovations, discovers Simon Vincett. The car manufacturer Audi may have nabbed the term already but “Vorsprung durch Technik” could equally apply to German bicycle brand Riese & Müller, because “Progress through engineering” aptly describes
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Review: Reid Granite

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Stu Moysey puts an adventurous road bike from a local brand to the test.  Photos: Paul Walker / Reid Since their humble 2009 beginnings, Reid has become a household name in Australian cycling—not always for the wrong reason. However, over the last 18 months, they’ve set out to reverse any prior misconceptions, placing an emphasis
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